Key Features

Blended Model

Focus your attention on graduate studies during a concentrated period of time. Take the majority of your courses over three summers — attend classes during the day for three weeks in June and another three-week term in July, and complete the remaining courses online during the intervening school years, totaling 26 months. Enjoy the flexibility of studying at home when you are teaching and the convenience of completing the majority of your graduate work during summer breaks. Degree specialty areas include elementary education, gifted education and special education. Elementary Education is a 33-hour program; Gifted Education is a 33-hour program; Special Education is a 33-hour program.

Each M.Ed. student is assigned to a faculty adviser, who works closely with students as they advance through the program. Advisers and other faculty guide students as they conduct their action-based research projects and develop their graduate portfolios.

Certification in National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Candidates who have been teaching for a full 3 years and possess state teaching licensure are eligible to apply for National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. The M.Ed. program at Elon offers an elective course intended to prepare applicants for the major elements of the program through a series of assignments mirroring the writing, inquiry, and video requirements.  Candidates taking the course who concurrently apply for National Board Certification will be provided guidance through the process. Please note that NBPTS is currently undergoing revision by Pearson VUE, which will be reflected in the next iteration of this course.

Global Experience Opportunities

For no additional cost, study abroad in Costa Rica for a week in the summer. The course immerses M.Ed. candidates in learning about the culture and educational advancement in Costa Rica. Course objectives include developing cultural awareness and competence in an environment that mirrors the challenges experienced by dual-language learners in U.S. classrooms. Learn more about this opportunity.

Summer Residency Option

For students who would like to pursue their M.Ed. at Elon but do not live in the area, on-campus housing is available for the summer at a reasonable price in the new Global Neighborhood. All rooms will be furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk, microfridge and wardrobe.

Small Classes

As a teacher, you know the importance of class size. Average class size in the M.Ed. program is 15. Elon keeps classes small to encourage close collaboration among students and faculty. You will exchange ideas with local teachers from other grades, school systems and levels of experience as well as teachers from other parts of the world.

Action Research Development

Learn to critically evaluate research literature and conduct action research projects. In a required online course, you will write an action research prospectus; the following semester you will carry out the project and conduct the research. The results become a part of the Research Skills section of your graduate portfolio.